Gilles and I have been fortunate to have travelled extensively over the years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that occasional challenges have been encountered while in transit. We’ve been delayed at Security and Customs numerous times – for a variety of reasons.
Some reasons were just silly – like last November when I was detained for 45 minutes trying to clear US Customs at Toronto airport. I had simply acknowledged I had an apple in my backpack.
It didn’t matter that the apple was intended to be eaten in Toronto waiting for my flight, but I was made to feel like a heinous criminal … and after 45 minutes they simply took away my apple. Maybe it was just a slow day in the Customs department.
There were other delays I like to put in the category of “misunderstandings” – like the 2004 incident at the Sydney airport in Australia. Apparently nervous and agitated people will attract the attention of Security like a predator to the weak and infirm.
Gilles had disappeared to find us a coffee while we waited for our flight and was gone a VERY long time. As our departure time ticked ever closer – with Gilles still nowhere in sight – I realized that neither Misha or I had our passports or flight information. Everything was in Gilles’ hands.
You would have become agitated too … right?! We suddenly found ourselves surrounded by 3 security agents requesting that we follow them … which really didn’t help reduce my anxiety level. At least they were very kind and friendly while they tore apart our luggage – unlike the Apple Police at the Toronto airport.
Others reasons were just bone-headed stupid – like the time I lost my passport in the Bologna, Italy airport. Thankfully some kind soul picked it up and turned it in. Do you ever wonder why some people are paged over the airport intercom? If I’m to be an example, perhaps it’s just because they are an idiot.
My all-time “favourite” incident though falls into the “Who Knew?!” category. It occurred in 2006 on route to Disney Florida. I set off all the radiation detectors in the US Customs area in Toronto after having had a bone scan the previous day.
I learned several new things that day – including there are radiation detectors throughout Customs and Security clearance areas! Who knew?!
Is it any wonder that when we travel now, I’m always more comfortable when we’ve provided plenty of extra time for the ‘unexpected’?
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